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New River Cruise Ships Coming In 2020
Amadeus Imperial (Image: Amadeus by Lueftner)

New River Cruise Ships Coming In 2020

New River Cruise Ships Coming In 2020
Amadeus Imperial (Image: Amadeus by Lueftner)
Aaron Saunders
By Aaron Saunders
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River cruises have been a popular endeavor for years now, and the latest crop of new river cruise ships slated for arrival in 2020 is no exception. River cruise ships big and small are debuting in North America, Europe and beyond -- and a few are even destined for some truly exotic locales.
One noticeable trend is that river cruise lines are branching out from European river cruising to more exotic, less-visited destinations, adding more or newer ships on those rivers. Two vessels (one for Tauck, one for Uniworld) are destined for Portugal's Douro River. One vessel is being refitted for the Po River in Italy. One will debut in Zimbabwe. One is coming to the Amazon.
Notably, two ships -- one for Uniworld and one for Viking -- will launch on the Nile River in Egypt, a destination that is slowly beginning to reemerge following political unrest in the country and surrounding area.
Here is the current list of river cruise ships slated to debut in 2020:

Updated March 24, 2020

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Amadeus by Lueftner  
Amadeus ImperialApril 2020; Rhine, Danube, Tulip168
AmaSienaJuly 2020; Rhine, Main, Danube156
American Cruise Line  
American JazzAugust 2020; Mississippi190
American MelodyLate 2020; TBA190
American Queen Steamboat Company  
American CountessApril 2020; Mississippi248
Aqua Expeditions  
Aqua NeraOctober 2020; Amazon40
Avalon ViewMay 2020; Rhine, Danube166
Zimbabwean DreamApril 2020; Zambezi16
ms AndorinhaApril 2020; Douro84
Travelmarvel PolarisApril 2020; Rhine, Main, Danube182
S.S. SphinxJanuary 2020; Nile84
S.S. La VeneziaMarch 2020; Po130
S.S. Sao GabrielMarch 2020; Douro100
Viking OsirisJanuary 2020; Nile82
Viking GersemiMarch 2020; Rhine190
Viking HervorMarch 2020; Rhine190
Viking FjorgynSpring 2020; Seine168
Viking KariSpring 2020; Seine168 
Viking RadgridSpring 2020; Seine168
Viking SkagaSpring 2020; Seine168